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    YouTube videos on habitats, Peru, IBWO, 4K, etc.

    As discussed below, I have updated three bird related video playlists on YouTube. Some of the videos were posted previously in 1080p, but they have now been upgraded to 4K. I wasn't aware until recently that the difference between 1080p and 4K on YouTube is more than just the number of pixels...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Debunking the Critics

    Over the years, there have been many posts on birdforum about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Despite a lack of quality in these discussions, I have posted occasional updates about my work on this topic for any bird watchers who might be interested in this magnificent bird and its conservation. I...
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    Videos, photos, and audio recordings from Peru

    During a recent trip to Manu Park in Peru, I obtained video, photos, and audio recordings that may be accessed here. My primary objective was to use a DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone, which has a 4K video camera, to obtain video footage from above the cloud forest and jungle habitats. Another...
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    new paper on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

    Over the years, there have been many posts here about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Discussions of this topic have unfortunately been marred by individuals who have nothing more than misguided opinions to offer. If anyone is interested in reading about direct observations and evidence for the...
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    Alaska Arctic sea trip

    I just returned from my third sea trip to the Arctic. The trip in 2014 was to the north of Norway. The trips in 2016 and 2017 were to the north of Alaska. There were far fewer birds this year (e.g., I saw 21 Ross's Gulls in migratory flights last year but none this year). Photos and video...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker evidence published

    Video footage of several events involving flights, behaviors, field marks, and other characteristics that are consistent with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker but no other species has now been published in the following papers: Paper #1 discusses audio recordings and some of the evidence...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Ten Years of Foolishness

    The rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker was announced ten years ago today. The only way to really learn about birds is to observe them in the field. While spending the better part of the past ten years in the habitat of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, I had ten sightings and obtained three...
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    cruise to Alaska (off site link only)

    cruise to Alaska In late May 2014, I took a sea trip out of Seattle to Alaska. It didn't cover the parts of Alaska that have the most sought-after birds, but I obtained some footage that may be of interest. Some photos are posted at my website at the URL below. Mike Collins Alexandria...
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    Norway Sea Trip

    Norway Sea Trip During February and March 2014, I participated in a sea trip to the far north of Norway. The objective was not to find birds, but we spent time in waters that are biologically rich. A good deal of video footage from the trip is posted at the above URL. Photos are posted at my...
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    conservation of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

    The Ivory-billed Woodpecker Deserves Better I concluded eight years of field work and research on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in 2013. A series of lectures based on this work is posted at the above URL on the following issues: * The Ivory-billed Woodpecker persists. I had encounters in...
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    birds caught in spider webs

    This morning, I was out in my kayak in the Pearl River and came across a Northern Parula caught in a spider web. I forget what those spiders are called. They are the really huge ones that can be found throughout the southeastern U.S. Fortunately, the bird was still alive and trying to get free...
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    Something is rotten in... Denmark??

    No, not Denmark. Something is rotten in America. I'm sure most of you will agree with that, but I'm referring specifically to the American birding community. There will soon be an announcement that an ornithologist has found Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Florida. This will make three populations...
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    Swift binoculars--is it just me?

    Three years ago, I purchased a pair of Swift Audubon binoculars for a trip to Manu Park in Peru. I had a trusty old pair of Nikons that I really liked, but I decided that I better get a pair that are rated waterproof for the Amazon. In the middle of the trip, they fogged up and I was in bird...
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